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irreplaceable? >> well, i think for those of us who lived through the last 15 years of u.s. foreign policy it's not replaceable. >> i think it's more important to think of him as someone who will inspire others. >> thank you. david gergen, jamie, jeff toobin, thank you for being with us tonight in this very unfortunate evening as you say the passing of a giant of american ploelsdiplomacy somebo would want in your fox hole fighting with you and next to you who sacrificed to do what was needed for the country and nation for all the right purposes. our thoughts and prayers are with you. thank you and good night. "larry king" starts right now. he's done it.
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tonight conan o'brien is back. >> larry king? >> and the guardian angel. >> can his second act surpass the first? >> this is more important to me than my wife and family. >> look out. coco reveals all. next on "larry king live." conan o'brien is the host of "conan" on cnn's sister channel tbs and we're pleased to welcome him back here. new show is a little more than a month old and if you haven't been watching, here's a sample of what you've missed. if you have, enjoy the fun again. watch. >> from warner brother studios, it's "conan." >> you want to call me show you got to call me show. ♪
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>> tanky pank with a lanky anky. sun, clouds, wind, other stuff. back to you, conan. >> great. oh, for god's sake. >> give me a call. >> i am supposed to smell your hair. oh, is that honey suckle? ♪ >> this is the last week of "larry king live" after 25 1/2 years. the last week of "larry king live" live. in the two weeks leading up to new year's we'll be showing re-runs of great shows and i imagine this will be one of them because we welcome back conan
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o'brien. how's the new show going? are you enjoying it? >> it's amazing. >> larry: in what way? >> well i'm the host which i think is always a good start. we're having a lot of fun. it's got a nice feel to it. and first of all there is nothing like being off television for nine months to make you really appreciate being on television. i realized, yeah, you go through an experience like i went through last year and i realized, yes, this is more important to me than my wife and family. so, hi kids. so, yeah. we're just having a blast. and it's a good fit with it believes. they just pretty much let us do whatever we want which is a terrible mistake. >> is it a lot different than the network network? >> you know, the essentials are the same. do you know what i mean? my personality is the same. i've been ing this for 17 years. and so my sense of humor is the same.
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andy is there. there's a lot that hasn't changed. i think it's -- it has changed in small ways. like i say, i think -- i just think there is a sense of, let's try anything again. you know? let's just go for it. i've got nothing to lose. i think that is one of the best feelings you can have in comedy is the feeling that you got nothing to lose. >> but you do, don't you? you want to do good ratings. >> you do, yeah. but i, you know, i feel like this is, again, i went through all of those years of network and sort of climbing up that ladder and then you go through an experience like that and you feel like, hey. life is short. let's just try anything we can think of. >> was it tough being off? >> you know, i realize that i am -- my wife saw it, the first one to notice it. she thought, this guy, doing the show is the organizing principle in his life. that's what she said. so i had a need to perform so i
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immediately went out on the road. i mean, very quickly went out oon on a 32-city tour and later i looked at that thing and thought, wait. that was my time to go to paris, my chance to see the world, make pottery, become a male model. it was a chance to do -- >> larry: so many opportunities. >> so many opportunities and what do i do? i go right out on the road and do schtik for people. essentially vaudeville. playing these theaters across the country and getting such energy from it i realized this is what i do. i really love it. >> larry: who came up, i imagine you did, with the back drop of the water and the moon that moves? >> it's funny. this has pro-light set was ta--o light set was taken. >> this is a famous set. >> i'm not knocking this set, larry. i love this set. i think it's gorgeous. >> larry: okay. >> i commend the elementary school that made it.
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but we were looking at, it was one of the first things where we thought let's mix everything up and we met with the set designers and they started to show us the l.a. back drop. on these shows it's always the new york back drop or the l.a. back drop. and the first thing i said was how come no one looks at the ocean? you go to a nice fish restaurant you look out at the ocean and they said i don't know why. let's look at the ocean. and i said, could we have a three dimensional moon, a real, giant oversized moon and can it move with electronics? they said, sure it can. that's the spirit of the show we're doing now which is think of it at 9:00 in the morning and implement it at 11:00 in the morning and get it on the show that night. >> larry: and pour water on tom hanks. >> pour water on tom hanks. you know, i think there is a sense of play. that's what is important to me about this show is i've never taken myself that seriously. and i really do want there to be a sense of silliness so people
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come on the show it's a relatively small space. we try and create an intimate atmosphere and get people very comfortable and then get them to do things they'll always regret. >> larry: i was proud to be part of your first night. that was a great opening night. >> you were really nice to help us out. we wanted to tell the story on the first night of what had happened to me in the previous -- a wrapup of the previous nine months and a silly wrap up but we at one point had become very despondent about being off television. i don't know what's going to happen. i am about to jump off a bridge and take my own life when an angel from basic cable appears to me, larry king. >> larry: i am so thankful you thought of me. >> well you're such a -- you are such an iconic figure and it's larry king, the suspenders, the glasses. we said would you do it? i didn't know if you would. you said immediately yes i'll do it. so we were at a bridge downtown in l.a. and i show up and i'm ready to shoot and they said
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larry is here and i turn around and you are strutting across the bridge wearing giant angel wings and the suspenders and we hadn't blocked off traffic. so trucks and cars are passing. everyone is looking over. it's larry king in angel wings. >> larry: and conan is trying to kill himself. >> just another day in los angeles. you see that stuff all the time. >> speaking of that scene as we go to our first break, watch it. >> larry: don't do it, conan! >> larry king? >> larry: i'm your guardian angel. >> but you're not dead. >> larry: never mind that. i have two words for you. basic cable. >> basic cable. >> conan, i think you'll find our terms very attractive.
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back with conan o'brien. he is back on tbs nightly at 11:00 eastern. why are you on at 10:00 in los angeles? i don't understand that. >> i'm not sure. my producer is in the room. why are we on at 10:00 in los angeles? oh, directv. that's right. i'm not a detail guy. >> larry: on normal cable channels when they turn, like time warner or something you're on at 11:00. >> yes. on at 11:00 most places i guess 10:00 on directv in l.a. for some reason 3:00 in the afternoon in cleveland. we don't know. we have no idea.
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>> larry: we asked your fans to tweet questions for you. a whole bunch of them involved the beard. a whole bunch. >> yeah. >> larry: so why and how long will it last? >> okay. first of all, the why. why a beard? i went, you know, the first thing you do when you -- ten months ago now, 11 months ago when i had to walk away from "the tonight show" i -- the first thing i did was you just stop shaving because you realize when you do a show you have to shave all the time when you're a broadcaster as you know. you shave constantly. i have a lot of testosterone. i have to shave every 20 minutes and we have a team that works on my back. it's the same team that works with robin williams. and formerly with ed asner. it is a long story. we don't have to get into the whole thing but i started growing a beard just because i could and then i thought the beard somehow i kept it.
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i took it through the tour. and a little bit became wrapped up with this transformation i went through. i think visually. i went through something. and then you've got a beard and it's a little bit the feeling of it's conan 2.0, the next generation of conan. i thought well we'll leave it for the beginning of the tbs show and then we'll see what happens. i don't think of myself as a beard guy. >> larry: so what -- >> i don't know. i'm taking it day to day. i'll shave right now if you want me to. but i -- >> larry: you won't shave. >> i know. we never do that. >> larry: you'll shave on television when you shave it. >> i think when i do shave it's got to be on television. >> larry: straight or electric? >> can't use electric. electric, my skin is very sensitive. and i'm glad we're getting to this and i want this to be the focus of the interview but my skin is very sensitive. electric razors don't work. >> larry: hum. >> i have to use a lot of special cream and mayonaisse
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mixed with bathroom spackling compound, herbs, and we shave me very slowly. >> larry: it'll take up quite a bit of the show. >> takes nine shirtless men to shave me. don't ask me why. >> larry: the decision to bring andy back. >> yeah. he was broke. >> larry: oh. he begged to come back? >> he was on his knees. and he, it was sad. and, yeah. he is a terrible -- >> larry: you made him famous. >> i made the guy famous. i breathed life into him whose life was clay when i met him. and he's been with me a long time and he's one of the funniest people i know. we just, it's very hard to find real chemistry in show business and comedy and we always, he can finish my thoughts. i can finish his. and he really has a great spirit. and so it worked out. it was nice. >> larry: to the host is the side kick an anchor, a blanket,
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or what? >> occasionally a wet blanket. no. you know what it is? it's funny because every relationship is different. the classic host/side kick relationship is johnny carson/ed mcmahon, which is sort of the prototype obviously. with andy what is interesting is it's different. andy, i never tell him what to do. he doesn't take a back seat which is something that i think really works. if andy has an idea or if he has a way to top me, he'll do it on the show. there's no sense of i take the lead and you step back. if he's got something funny he goes for it and he keeps me on my toes. he is a very funny guy. so i think it's good. just good to have someone that good in the studio with you. >> larry: you were a writer for a long time. >> yes. i wrote "saturday night live" and "the sims sopssimpsons.
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". >> reporter: now is it like you pinch yourself a little? did you ever think this would happen to you? >> i have moments like that. i have bad qualities, good qualities. one of my better qualities is that i am eternally grateful for what i have and i've used the word "grateful" more than any other word in the last year. people come up to me oh, it's too bad what happened and i'll say i'm grateful. i am a very lucky person. i'm never jaded about my success. i am very thrilled every day that -- and i've had amazing moments in my life meeting people. i'm sure you've had the same thing. you've met every single famous person in the world including erik estrada and you get to constantly -- because you get to constantly just say to yourself, i can't believe that this is happening to me. >> larry: if you don't say it there is something wrong. >> yes. >> larry: you should say it.
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>> you know what's interesting is that people looking at the show right now, they look at you. you're larry king. they believe you've always been larry king and you're used to this but you know that you used to be the guy standing in line that no one was paying attention to who was dreaming about doing something like this. >> larry: right. >> i think when you can stay in touch with that, when you can stay in touch with i remember getting a bill. i drove a 1977 isuzu opal. i don't want to offend any company but it is the crapiest car ever made and take me to court if you want. i don't care. and it cost, it was a car that i drove, this is back when i was paying $380 a month rent, driving an isuzu opal and the car broke down. this was out here in los angeles back in 1985 and i pushed it into a gas station and they told me it was going to cost i think $600, which was more than the car was worth, to put a new
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carburetor and do some valve work or something. and i remember thinking, i don't know how i'm going to do this. it's $600. and i never lose sight of that. i've had a lot of great things happen since then. >> larry: it's important. never lose it. if you lose it you're not yourself. >> right. >> larry: we'll be back. i'm giving you advice. >> i've lost it. i was just faking. >> larry: okay. >> never happened. i'm independently very wealthy. >> larry: we'll be back with more after this. its dual-action formula delivers extra strength pain relief, plus it fights fatigue. so get up and get going with new bayer am, the morning pain reliever. i'm off to the post office... ok. uh, a little help... oh! you know shipping is a lot easier with priority mail flat rate boxes. if it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. plus, you can print and pay for postage online. and i can pick them up for free with package pickup. perfect! cause i'm gonna need a lot of those.
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what if i wore it for a whole show one night? okay. i have a motto on this new show. if i say i'm going to do something, i do it!
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[ chanting ] conan! conan! >> larry: conan now wishes to publicly apologize. >> i apologize to all the women out there and some of the men. >> larry: what was that? >> do you know what those are? they're jeggings. it's all the craze now, larry. >> larry: not leggings. >> leggings that look like jeans. so i became obsessed with jeggings. >> would you wear them on the street? >> i have not but i would see women wearing them and they're quite -- >> larry: sexy? >> yeah. a good look, larry. it's a good look. and they're very tight and i say, man, those are tight jeans. and one day my assistant was
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with me and she said, get with it daddy-o. that's how she talks. she is a beatnik. get with it. those are jeggings and i became obsessed with the idea and timgun said yes and he thought some men wore them. i challenged him. he dared me to wear jeggings and i did. >> larry: you know what i miss? >> what? >> larry: because i used to be part of it. ♪ in the year 2000 bring it back. >> well, you know -- >> larry: bring it back. >> year 2000? we've been waiting a little bit. >> larry: i loved doing it. >> of course there is a question of whether it is the intellectual property of another company. >> larry: really? they think they own it? >> yeah. they do. >> larry: really. >> yeah. i'm lucky i got. jeggings. they tried to claim those too. but, you know, i think we'll sort all that out. time goes by. >> larry: still in the mix? >> i wouldn't say, we haven't directly challenged that. i've been trying to take the opportunity with the new show, i wanted to send a signal.
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i didn't want when the new show first launched i wanted to go out of our way to not do anything from the past so send a signal that we are going to use this as an opportunity to try new things and try and reinvent ourselves. i give that another two weeks. and then back to the old crap. >> larry: the return of the masturbating bear. >> year 2000. it'll all come back. it's part of who i am. >> larry: is late night i guess except for chelsea handler it's a boys club right? >> i think it's changing all the time. obviously, yes, historically it's been dominated by men but as time goes on i think it's becoming kind of a moot point because people, you know, i look at say ellen degeneres's show. i think she is very good at what she does. she is excellent and she is very funny and i think that show could be on at 11:00 at night. that show could be on at 12:00 at night. >> larry: sure. >> it is becoming a little bit, you know, semantics almost.
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there are so many funny people, funny women out there that, you know, whether it's tina fey or amy puller, any of these women could do a fantastic late night show. >> larry: the hollywood reporter recently did analysis of who was watching you and leno and letterman and john stewart and found that your viewers are more likely to be single, tech savvy, atheist, and own a volkswagen. >> that's right. that's what we were aiming for. >> larry: that person. >> i said i want a show for atheists, single, tech savvy, volkswagen owners. and i did it. >> larry: you got them. >> i don't know where they come up with the volkswagen owners. really? >> larry: leno viewers are the wealthiest, most likely to be religious, and they drive a chevy or pontiac. >> right. >> larry: letterman viewers are more likely to be divorced, watch cnn, drive a toyota. i'm feeling ridiculous reading this. >> they are making this stuff up. >> larry: no. john stewart viewers are most likely to be married, catholic,
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and drive a gmc truck. >> okay. i think what they did is put index cards in a tumbler, spun it around and pulled things out. that makes no sense to me. >> larry: has it affected your broadcast in any way? >> no. i never, ever, ever think about who i want to watch or who i'm supposed to be -- who is supposed to be watching or who could i get to watch. i've had people tell me, now who are you aiming for? and i say, it's just, i'm just doing what i've been doing since i was in the 4th grade. literally. and if i know, when i'm happy, what i aim for is i want to create a fund -- a funny environment in that studio. >> larry: were you a silly kid? >> oh, yeah. well, it's funny. i was not the class clown. people say were you the class clown and i've always maintained that the class clown, the guy that when the teacher is out of the room sets the clock back, makes noise, throws water balloons around the room, those kids are always, they grow up and they're killed in a motel
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shoot out. or their meth lab blows up on them. that is not, a lot of the comedians i really admire and love and whether it's a woody allen or a steve martin, you know, these people that i idolize or, you know, johnny carson, you find out later on or when you meet them in person they're very shy people. they're quiet people. they're serious people. and when you talk to them one-on-one. and i think they were serious or quiet people when they were students. they weren't the crazy persons. >> back with more of conan o'brien nightly on tbs. don't go away. it has the cold-fighting power of an effervescent packed in a liquid-gel for all over relief! hiyah! dude! singcheck the news onlinek the weather, check the time hiyah! check the wife, check the kids check your email messages eck the money in the bank check the gas in the tank check the flava from your shirt make sure your pits don't stank check the new hairdo, check the mic one two
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i think i'm like any other man. >> eventually meant hi, nanny. i love you. your check is on the way. >> what scares me is i know it's all fact. >> i have days when i just don't know who i am or where i am or what i'm doing. >> i just told my son. >> my mother comes to see my show and she says why don't you talk more about sex? >> that's him! ah! >> nobody sits taller than larry. >> larry: all right. you went through a lot. we're not going to dwell on it but you dwelled on it. you brought it up. >> sure. it's like therapy. you're my therapist right now. >> larry: i'll try to help you. >> yes. >> larry: you may be able to help me. >> this is the set up in my therapist's office. i asked them to replicate larry king's set so this is how i go in and i talk about how i didn't know if i had my father's approval. >> larry: did you need a
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therapist? >> oh, i've always needed a therapist. >> larry: really? >> yeah. i've been in and out of therapy for, you know, a large chunk of my adult life. >> larry: was it heightened during that period? >> no, actually. not so much that because i found, you know, the -- i married the right person. i'm very fortunate that my wife is amazing so she had to kind of roll up her sleeves and i was trying to piece together because i'm still trying to figure out just what the hell happened ten months ago but for a while there especially in the first couple days, couple weeks, my wife was very helpful and just, she knows me very well and she had a better perspective on it all. i have good people in my life and my producer jeff ross who is also one of my best friends, we've been together for 17 years through the late night show and through the tonight show and so a lot of the people in my life i don't have any yes men or yes
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people in my life. i'd kill for -- gary said to me once do you have a lot of yes men in your life? i said i would kill for one. i don't have anybody who tells me what i want to hear. i have people that tell me the truth. >> larry: i have people, my producer is not a yes person. also 17 years. >> i asked her if she was a yes person and she said yes. kind of shocking. and that helped me a lot. so ironically i didn't even have a therapist out here probably at the time in my life when most people would say you have to have one. but the people, my friends and my -- the people i work with were great. >> larry: does the bitterness last? >> no. i have moments -- you have moments of, you know, i won't lie to you. i have moments when i'm in traffic on the 405 freeway where my mind drifts to things that happen. some things that were said, some things that certain people did that i disagree with and you get
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angry about it but i just take that out on the drivers around me like everyone else in los angeles. but i would say i have moments. i have moments of going back there and then i, you know, anger, confusion, disappointment. you know, like a lot of people in comedy "the tonight show" was this pinnacle and i had the honor of, you know, growing up watching johnny carson then getting to meet him and talk to him on a number of different occasions and actually tauklkedo him about taking over the tonight show when that was announced in 2004 and i talked to him on the telephone so i had, i've had -- that was something that was in my brain for a long time and i think in my heart and when that doesn't work out, for whatever reason, you are just always going to be some, you know, some bad feelings. >> larry: were you surprised at all about the outgoing of support for you? >> i got to say that i knew that
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i thought, okay. i think i've conducted myself well here and i think i have fans. but the intensity of it surprised me. and i'm not a tech savvy, even though i told my viewers are tech savvy and drink vodka, i am not a tech savvy person. i might as well, i'm amish practically. i have a computer that i whittled out of wood. it's steam powered. i have now the beard to match. and so i didn't -- i wasn't that aware of the internet and then there is this explosion that was very organic. i think what was very funny is at the time the people at nbc thought that i was doing this. i think they gave me credit for it. what is he doing? how is he making this eruption happen? and i think, thanks for giving me credit for it. i was as surprised as anybody. i was delighted but i was surprised. >> larry: back with conan o'brien right after this. moments can change anytime -- just like that.
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lnchs we're. >> larry: we're back with conan o'brien. do you ever keep in touch with any of -- no? >> no. i haven't spoken, i don't think i'll be hearing from them. and there's nothing really for either of us to talk about. i haven't talked to anybody, you know, i'm friendly with john stewart and steven colbert and they were really nice enough to come and help me when i did the tour. they came onstage in radio city and they were absolutely hilarious. brought the house down. we did a big skit together. so i think that -- you know, the other guys i don't have that much of a relationship with them and i don't know if there is
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much of a, you know -- >> larry: was johnny carson helpful? >> well, you know, i'll go way out of my way to make it clear i wasn't friends with johnny carson but i got to speak with him on a number of occasions and meet him and he was always very nice to me. and that's the thing is that you think that, you know, you talk about being grateful or putting things in perspective. and i always think back to there are certain things people can't take away from me. i know that i got to, when it was announced i'd be taking over the tonight show back in 2004 it was arranged i could have this phone call with johnny carson and i spoke to johnny for a while on the phone and he talked to me about the franchise and it's an amazing experience in my life. i got to, you know, he got to talk to me about the tonight show and what was amazing is he talked to me, it was like he had an old truck that he used to drive that he used to love and
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he heard i was going to be driving it and he was telling me it sticks in third. go easy on the clutch. and it was an amazing experience. so whatever else has happened i'll always have that. >> larry: from the host standpoint what did he have? >> he -- >> larry: he was guest driven. he let the guest be funny. >> he let the guest be funny but i think people talk a lot about johnny obviously and trying to figure out exactly what was it. i think when he was hosting "the tonight show" he was the most charming man in america. actually had one of the most charming men in america on television which doesn't always happen. sometimes the most charming man in america is never found. he is in a cocktail party somewhere. he was actually the most charming man in america. he also had a few things i really admire. he would do all these things that a lot of hosts i think today are afraid to do.
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they're afraid to be, you know, compromise their dignity. and people have i think put johnny carson up on a pedestal which is appropriate because he was so great but they forget that he would dress up as a cave man. he would dress up and wear a dress. he would jump into a hot tub with don rickles wearing only a bathing suit. >> larry: let an animal jump on him. >> what he would do which i always think is a great sort of magical slight of hand, he would apparently surrender his dignity and only, and reinforce it. he'd get -- it looked like he was surrendering his dignity and the whole time he was the coolest guy in the room. which is an amazing trick. and i don't know, it's a very hard thing to do. and i, you know, all those years i watched him and i thought, he had that ability which is unique. >> larry: are you surprised that he was very removed from his guests before and after the
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show? no, if any, social contact. >> it doesn't surprise me now. it would have surprised me before i knew about this business and how it works. when i was a writer on "the simpsons" before i ever got into this late night game we had, and it was just after johnny carson stepped down from "the tonight show" and he wasn't doing anything and he agreed to be a voice on "the simpsons" and he came in and he was a voice and we were all in awe, all the writers were just in awe. i'll never forget. he walked in the room carrying a file and pack of cigarettes and he drove up to the show in a white corvette, immaculate, and he had dark glasses on and he came in and i remember he was very shy and reserved for a while and then it took a long time but he warmed up and then he started telling us stories and after the recording which didn't take long and you could see that, again, i mentioned
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this before, but a lot of these performers who are really great, they're not what you think they are. they're not that person right away. they're highly intelligent. shy. and maybe uncomfortable around people they don't know. and so it doesn't surprise me that maybe he was that way with guests. >> larry: back with conan o'brien after this. during our season's best sales event and receive the gift of asphalt. experience the exhilarating cadillac cts with a direct injection v6. it's the one gift you can open up all year long. see your cadillac dealer for this attractive offer. backed by the peace of mind that only comes from cadillac premium care maintenance. the season's best sales event. from cadillac.
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cheese. >> does your mom like working for conan? >> no. she says that he smells like rotten cabbage. >> my dad says conan spends most of his money on lip stick and guns. >> conan told my mom if she
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didn't take the cash under the table he would have her deported. >> one time my dad was late for work and conan called him one of god's greatest mistakes. >> what did your mom say about conan? >> my mom said one time conan cornered her in the stairwell. then he said give me some of that sweet, sweet honey, baby. now she cries a lot. >> great stuff. >> yeah. those kids are wonderful. >> larry: a question tweeted. do you twitter? >> i do, yes. every day. >> larry: this was tweeted to kings things. how did conan's national tour this summer affect him professionally and personally? >> a good question. i'm an alcoholic now. the most interesting thing about the tour was that i always feel like my career in show business has been this, in a strange way,
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i've been trying to move closer and closer to the essence of old time show business. you know, vaudeville. when i was a kid the movie they showed all the time on tv was "yankee doodle dandy" with jimmy cagney and i've seen that a thousand times and as a kid i thought that's entertainment. that's what i want to be, an entertainer. but i'm watching this in the early 1970s as a freckled kid in brookline, massachusetts and i thought that's what an entertainer is supposed to be. i went out and took tap dancing lessons and dreamed about playing theaters. well, of course, i started out as a writer which is way out in the periphery, the cerebral part of show business and kept working closer and closer and i felt after "the tonight show", you know, implosion, debacle, i went out on the road and how it affected me was i went out every night and there would be, you know, we would play some of these really big spaces, huge
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spaces with some nights 5,000 people in the crowd. one night we played a giant arena, wnba arena, and it's very primal. you're out there. you know, i used to be a guy that thought of weird concepts for "saturday night live" but now i'm out there and on a big stage with a microphone and a guitar and sometimes for 40 minutes, you know, or 35 minutes before we even get the show really started. and then i would always end up in the crowd on the tours. it was very important to me that i, i liked to get in there. >> larry: you went into the audience? >> i would disappear for a while, run up two flights of stairs. and appear on the balcony. >> larry: why? >> and play guitar. neediness, sad, neediness, lack of love as a child. why? why do any of us do any of this stuff? this is a cry for help.
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my parents are watching. it's your fault. but i -- >> larry: you're a better person for it though. >> you know what it did? it did give me -- it gave me an incredible amount of confidence in just going for the moment which i think i had been developing over years but then, now on my tbs show i would come out and every night i'll find people in the crowd and we'll just make things happen in the spur of the moment. it's a little bit of that, what have i got to lose feeling? >> larry: conan o'brien is one of my favorite people. i'll tell you a little bit why in a while. don't go away. scount! do you own a home? yes. discount! are you going to buy online? yes! discount! isn't getting discounts great? yes! there's no discount for agreeing with me. yeah, i got carried away. happens to me all the time. helping you save money -- now, that's progressive. call or click today.
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breaking news tonight. one of the world's most recognizable and accomplished diplomats the obama administration's point man in afghanistan and pakistan is dead
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at the age of 69. we'll talk about the incredible career and accomplishments of richard holbrooke and the problem with his heart which all of us should know about. also tonight a tax deal working its way through washington and a big vote possible in the senate tomorrow. there is talk of compromise and bipartisanship and a whole lot of finger pointing tonight. who kept their promises and who broke them? the names may surprise you. we're keeping them honest. in "crime and punishment" a dream honeymoon turned tragedy. the groom accused of killing his bride while scuba diving on their honeymoon in australia. he is now in an alabama jail a trial. was it a murder or an accident. those and the latest on the suicide of bernie madoff's son. one of the reasons i love conan -- there are many -- is my wife sang on his show once. and he never said she was the wife of larry king. he just introduced her as shaun king. she never forgot that. >> that's nice. >>. >> larry: that was really sweet of you. is there a guest you really
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want. >> >> i think i've almost interviewed everybody i would have ever wanted to interview. the -- probably my -- one of my biggest heroes of all time comedically is woody allen and i've never met him, never had the opportunity to meet him. i idolize not just his movies and his stand-up but particularly his -- you know, he wrote short stories and still does -- >> larry: for "the new yorker." >> still does for "the new yorker." i would read his collection of short stories. i think he's one of the great short fiction writers in modern american -- i think he's absolutely brilliant. so for someone like me who started as a writer, aspired to be a performer, woody allen is the guy. never met him and never talked to him and i don't think he does those kinds of shows. >> larry: is the genius that he can -- let's say i remember one of his short stories, the
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history of the mafia. hysterical. that he surprises you who think comedically? >> yes. i remember he would -- i always as a child -- i was aware that my mind -- i would think of crazy images. and i thought, well, other people don't think that way or is there something wrong with me? and i remember reading a short story of woody allen's as a kid and he's describing -- he said it's late at night and dark in his room and she's describing -- he said the -- something like the bath robe hanging on my bed post in the dark resembles the kaiser on roller skates. it's such a crazy imblg. then that great short story where one of the characters accidentally ends up going into a spanish dictionary at the end and he's being chased over the hard desert lands scape by the irregular verb tennaire. so he has this ability -- the first time i heard it it was in my brain and it stuck with me and it made me think, okay,
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you're -- here's this guy who is revered by everybody, you're allowed to think that way. >> larry: how long you sign for? >> for what? >> larry: for tbs? >> i think another two weeks. then i'm done. >> larry: hanging by a thread? >> no, no. >> larry: how long have they got you? >> do we know? my producer tells me two years. >> larry: only two? >> only two? after what i've been through, two years is huge. two years? i used to be on nbc -- i used to be on a 13-week schedule. >> larry: really? >> back in -- oh, yeah, i've been through every -- i've had -- i was on a 13-week contract with nbc at one point. this was years and years and years ago. i had an egg timer on my talk show desk. i had an hour -- i'd just turn it over and every time i'd get renewed, someone from the network would come in and turn it over. yeah, i'm thrilled by that. >> larry: rough -- would you ever go and do what carson did, play vegas? >> well, i did.
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i did vegas during the tour. >> larry: i mean during the tour. would you do a weekend in vegas? >> you know what i love? it's a different kind of crowd there. but i loved the -- there's a feeling that -- what i did was the corny thing i think everybody does. i paid the palm -- the pearl at the palms. >> larry: that's the young crowd. >> they have a -- this is one of -- another one of those moments where you pinch yourself. but they put my name up. they have a giant sign. and it looks like it should say joey bishop, dean martin. it's one of those kind of signs. and my name, you know, is in letters as big as this table. it said, tonight sold out. and tomorrow night. conan o'brien, live. and i went out and just stared at that for a while. >> larry: you deserve it, man. >> hey, thank you -- no, i'm not the best but thank you. >> larry: conan o'brien. coming in our last segment.
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welcome back to "larry king live." as promised susan boyle is singing for us. her new album "the gift" in the united kingdom and the united states as one. here is "o holy night." ♪ o holy night the stars are brightly shining ♪ ♪ it is the night of the dear savior's birth ♪ ♪ a thrill of hope the weary world rejoices ♪ ♪ for yonder breaks
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a new and glorious morn ♪ ♪ fall on your knees oh, hear the angel voices ♪ ♪ o night divine o night o night divine ♪ ♪ the stars are brightly shining ♪ ♪ it is the night of our dear savior's birth ♪
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♪ sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we ♪ ♪ with all our hearts we praise his holy name ♪ ♪ christ is the lord then ever ever praise we ♪ ♪ the world the world ♪ ♪ o night o night divine


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